Invited & Eligible Bands

Updated March 4, 2022

The following bands finished first or second at their district jazz festivals and have been invited to the 2022 Iowa Jazz Championships:


Class 1A

  • Earlham

  • Kingsley-Pierson

  • South O'Brien

  • Tri-Center

  • Griswold

  • St. Edmond

  • North Butler


Class 2A

  • Des Moines Christian

  • Roland Story

  • West Lyon

  • Okoboji

  • Treynor

  • IKM-Manning

  • Belmond-Klemme

  • South Hamilton


Class 3A

  • Pella

  • Pella 2

  • Spirit Lake

  • MOC-Floyd Valley

  • Harlan

  • Glenwood

  • Iowa Falls-Alden

  • Clear Lake


Class 4A

  • Northwest (Waukee)

  • Valley

  • Sioux City East

  • Sioux City West

  • Lewis Central

  • Denison

  • Fort Dodge

Wild Card Eligible Bands

 The following bands are eligible for a wild card invitation to the 2022 Iowa Jazz Championships:


Class 1A

  • Moravia

  • North Mahaska

  • Belle Plaine

  • BGM

  • Logan-Magnolia

  • George-Little Rock

Class 2A

  • Woodward-Granger

  • Eddyville-Blakesburg-Freemont


  • Mid-Prairie

  • Sioux Central

  • Union

  • Clarinda

  • Ogden


Class 3A

  • Gilbert

  • Oskaloosa

  • Carlisle

  • Xavier

  • Knoxville

  • Harlan 2

  • Le Mars

  • Humboldt

  • Center Point-Urbana

  • Marion

  • Independence

  • Monticello

  • Solon

  • Keokuk

  • Sioux Center


Class 4A

  • Southeast Polk

  • Liberty

  • Dallas Center-Grimes

  • Centennial

  • Indianola

  • Ames

  • Linn-Mar

  • Cedar Falls

  • Norwalk

  • Abraham Lincoln

  • Storm Lake

  • Iowa City West

Wild Card Selection Criteria

Wild card invitations are determined by the Iowa Jazz Championships Board of Directors every March. Bands become eligible for a wild card invitation by meeting one of the three necessary criteria:

  1. Beat a band that is an automatic qualifier at an independent jazz festival in Iowa.

  2. Win an independent jazz festival in Iowa with at least two bands from Iowa in that class.

  3. Finish 3rd in a district jazz festival with at least four bands entered.

Only bands meeting at least one of these criteria will be considered for a wild card invitation. 


There are typically three wild card invitations issued per class (12 automatic qualifying bands plus 3 wild card bands for a total of 15 bands in each class). If a class has fewer than 12 automatic qualifying bands, additional wild card invitations may be issued.  


There is no system of points for determining wild card invitations. The Board of Directors of the Iowa Jazz Championships evaluates all eligible bands and selects the most qualified bands based on results from all submitted jazz festivals.

The selection of wild card bands and the final schedule will be posted by Monday, March 7, 2022.